Department of Early Education and Care

51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Main Line: (617)988-6600
Fax: (617)988-2451

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The Office of the Commissioner

  • The Office of the General Counsel
  • Human Resources and Facilities Management
  • Information Technology
  • Policy Research and Evaluation
  • Information and Outreach

Key Contacts:

  • Sean Faherty, Chief of Staff, 617-988-6648
  • Board Relations, Legislative Affairs, and Media Inquiries: Kathleen Hart, Director of Communications and External Affairs, 617-988-7819
  • Commissioner's correspondence and scheduling: Sheila Richardson, Executive Assistant, 617-988-7824
  • EEC Advisory Council: John Swanson,  Policy Analyst, 617-988-7803
  • Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and UPK/Quality Initiatives: Gwen Alexander, Policy Analyst, 617-988-7812

Policy, Research & Evaluation Unit

The Policy, Research and Evaluation unit works with me and the Board of Early Education and Care to provide research and planning support to ensure that the Department can make evidence-based policy and program decisions.

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The Office of Administration & Finance

  • Budget
  • Grants, Contracts and Procurement
  • Accounting
  • Fiscal Monitoring

Grants Unit

The Grants Unit is responsible for coordinating state and federal grants by providing technical assistance to the policy unit, reviewing materials prior to posting the Requests for Proposals (RFP), posting for the public the RFP, establishing the review of applications, and notification of awards, tracking and monitoring financial aspects of grants.

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The Office of Regional Operations, Support and Engagement

The Office of Regional Operations, Support and Engagement encompasses the following critical functions:

  • Licensing, Monitoring and Investigations
  • Educator and Provider Support
  • Family/Community Engagement and Program Monitoring.

Key Contacts:

  • David McGrath, Deputy Commissioner for Field Operations, 617-988-6602
  • Region 1, Springfield: Erin Craft - Regional Director, 413-881-1533
  • Region 2, Worcester: Donna Cohen-Avery - Regional Director, 508-461-1459
  • Region 3, Lawrence: Anita Moeller - Regional Director, 978-826-1309
  • Region 5, Taunton: Mike Avery - Regional Director, 508-967-3403
  • Region 6, Metro Boston: Alina Lopez - Regional Director, 617-979-8605

Educator and Provider Support

Educator and Provider Support manages the Department of Early Education and Care Professional Development which includes but is not limited to the Professional Development Registry; develops the technical assistance and training to support new and existing licensing regulations and requirements; training for early educators on the inclusion of students with disabilities and other early education programs to share and gather input on a variety of topics. Via grants, provides financial support and technical assistance (CFCEs) to support program accreditation (NAEYC, NAFCC, COA).

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Family and Community Engagement and Program Monitoring

Family/Community Engagement and Program Monitoring will include but is not limited to the dissemination of information about programs, grants and other EEC sponsored opportunities for families (e.g., translated resources and materials) and providers (e.g., professional development resources). The Family and Community Engagement Strategy will also include a strong regional field and family feedback and input component as the Department develops and implements policies, promulgates regulations and promotes best practices in licensing, monitoring and more.

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Regional Consultation Programs (RCPs)

There are six Regional Consultation Programs (RCPs) located throughout Massachusetts.

The RCPs are collaboration between the Department of Public Health, (DPH) and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

The RCPs provide:

  • Consultation, resource and referral, and family support for children 0-3 with complex medical needs/multiple disabilities.  
  • Resource and referral information to public preschool personnel and the community to ensure successful transition and preschool inclusion
  • Trainings and workshops for families, Early Intervention staff, community providers, and educators
  • Medication Administration in Child Care (MACC) trainings for Early Education and Care Programs
  • Technical assistance to Early Intervention programs, families and community providers

Western Region

Thom Western RCP: Adams, Agawam, Alford, Belchertown, Blandford, Bondsville, Cheshire, Chester, Chicopee, Clarksburg, East Longmeadow, Egremont, Florida, Granby, Granville, Great Barrington, Hampden, Holyoke, Huntington, Lansborough, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Middlefield, Monson, Monterey, Montgomery, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, Otis, Palmer, Russell, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Springfield, South Hadley, South Hampton, Southwick, Stockbridge, Thorndike, Three Rivers, Tolland, Ware, Westfield, West Springfield, West Stockbridge, Wilbraham, Williamstown

Karen Cassidy, RCP Coordinator
Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Services
1506A Allen St. Springfield, MA01118
413-783-5500 x116

Central Region

Central RCP:  Ashburnham, Ashby, Auburn, Ayer, Barre, Bellingham, Berlin, Blackstone, Bolton, Boylston, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Devens, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Fitchburg, Franklin, Gardner, Gilbertville, Grafton, Groton, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Holland, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leicester, Leominster, Lunenburg, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, New Braintree, Northbridge, North Brookfield, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Pepperell,  Princeton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Shirley, South Barre, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Townsend, Upton, Uxbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, Westminster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Wheelwright, Winchendon, Worcester

Jodi Russell, RCP Coordinator
Criterion Child Enrichment
345 Fortune Blvd. Milford, MA01757
508-473-3342 x322

Metro West Region

Metrowest RCP:  Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Braintree, Burlington, Canton, Carlisle, Cohasset, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Framingham, Hingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Hull, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Millis, Milton, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Northborough, Norwell, Norwood, Plainville, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, Sharon, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn , Wrentham

Kathy Haran-Kovacs, RCP Coordinator
South Shore Mental Health
500 Victory Rd. Quincy, MA 02171

Northeast Region

Northeast RCP:  Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Billerica, Boxford, Bradford, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Danvers, Dracut, Dunstable, Essex, Everett, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Lynnfield, Magnolia, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, North Reading,  Peabody,  Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsboro, Wakefield, Wenham, West Newbury, Westford

Rachel Daniels, RCP/DPH
Christy Murray, RCP/EEC
Professional Center for Child Development
32 Osgood St. Andover, MA 01810
Christy:  978- 475-3806 ext. 243

Boston Region

Thom Boston RCP: Allston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Charlestown, Chelsea, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Revere, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End, West Roxbury, Winthrop

Patty Loza, RCP/DPH
Steven Evancho, RCP/EEC
Thom Boston Metro Early Intervention,
555 Amory St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Patty: 617-383-6207
Steven:  617-383-6522 ext 117

Southeast/Cape and Islands Region

Southeast RCP: Abington, Acushnet, Attleboro, Avon, Barnstable, Berkley, Bourne, Brewster, Bridgewater, Brockton, Buzzards Bay, Carver, Centerville, Chatham, Dartmouth, Dennis, Dighton, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Eastham, Easton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Falmouth, Foxborough, Freetown, Gosnold,  Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Harwich, Holbrook, Hyannis, Kingston, Lakeville, Mansfield, Marion, Marshfield, Mashpee, Mattapoisett,  Middleborough, New Bedford, New Seabury, North Attleborough, Norton,  Orleans, Otis AFB, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Provincetown, Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester , Rockland, Sagamore, Sandwich, Seekonk, Somerset,  Stoughton, Swansea , Taunton, Truro, Wareham, Wellfleet, West Bridgewater, Westport, Whitman Woods Hole, Yarmouth and Ports of, and the Islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Cape Cod & Islands

Sonia Amaral, RCP Coordinator
Schwartz Center for Children
1 Posa Place, Dartmouth, MA 02747
508-996-3391 x246

Department of Early Education and Care Offices and Key Contacts

Region 1 - Western Regional Office

1441 Main Street, Suite 230, Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: 413-788-8401; Fax: 413-784-1227

  • Erin Craft - Regional Director, 413-881-1533
  • Regional QRIS Contact
  • Florence Howes - Family Community Quality Specialist, 413-881-1526
  • Eric Lieberman - Educator/Provider Support Specialist, 413-881-1542

Region 2 - Central Regional Office

10 Austin Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-798-5180; Fax: 508-798-5181

Region 3 - Northeast Regional Office

360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, 3rd floor Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: 978-681-9684; Fax: 978-689-7618

  • Anita Moeller - Regional Director, 978-826-1309
  • Regional QRIS Contact
  • Cheryl Marks - Family Community Quality Specialist, 978-826-1326

Region 5 - Southeast/Cape and Island Regional Office

1 Washington Street, Suite 20, Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: 508-828-5025; Fax: 508-828-5235

  • Mike Avery - Regional Director, 508-967-3403
  • Anne Hemmer - Regional QRIS Contact, 508-967-3413
  • Gail Perry - Educator/Provider Support Specialist, 508-9673404

Region 6 - Metro/Boston Regional Office

1250 Hancock Street, Suite 120-S, Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-472-2881; Fax: 617-472-2722

Main Office

51 Sleeper Street, 4 th floor, Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-988-6600; Fax: 617-988-2451

Legislative Contact:

  • Kathleen Hart, Director of Communications and External Affairs, 617-988-7819

Regional QRIS Contact:

EEC Advisory Council Contact:

Commissioner's correspondence and scheduling:

EEC Board Contact:

  • Kathleen Hart, Director of Communications and External Affairs, 617-988-7819

Legal Affairs:


  • Kathleen Hart, Director of Communications and External Affairs, 617-988-7819

Special Education:

Technical Assistance on Grant Survey/Reports:

Federal Reporting/Interagency Data Exchanges:

Comprehensive Service for Family Community Engagement:

Head Start Supplemental:

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and UPK/Quality Initiatives:

General Counsel:

Financial Appeals:

Background Checks:

Field Operations:

  • David McGrath, Deputy Commissioner for Field Operations, 617-988-6602

Educator and Provider Support:

  • Pam Roux, Educator/Provider Support Specialist, 617-988-7820
  • Katie DeVita, Educator/Provider Support Specialist, 617-988-7827
  • Chris Pond, Educator/Provider Support Specialist, 617-988-6625

Teacher Qualifications:

  • Marian Caesar, Professional Qualifications Coordinator, 617-988-7807
  • Rosanna Lococo, Professional Qualifications Coordinator, 617-988-7806
  • Natou Sissoko, Professional Qualifications Coordinator, 617-988-7808

Administration and Finance


Contracts and Procurement:


Grants, including Preschool Special Education, Family Support & Building Career: